How to Pack for Air Travel
If you've never or infrequently traveled by air, you may be confused and overwhelmed with what to pack. Guidelines seem to get more and more confusing all the time, and now there are sometimes fees to pay? If it's difficult to make sense of, you're not alone. Follow these steps to get it right every time, whether you are flying long,
or short haul, for business or for pleasure, this one guide has it all.
This article discusses the following info :
- Pack it in your carry-on if you cannot live without it.
- Pack valuables in your carry-on.
- Pack your electronics together.
- Make sure you have your documents.
Pack it in your carry-on if you cannot live without it.
Pack the essentials: undergarments, shoes, a set or two of regular clothes, entertainment, medication and, for longer flights, basic toiletries.
Some people fly as if they may never see their luggage again – and that has some merit.
Keep in your carry-on the minimum of what you need to survive should you lose your luggage.
- Double-check TSA guidelines before packing something in your carry-on. You don't want to have to throw anything away.
- Make sure to take all your medication and everything you need to be comfortable. Prescription and non-prescription medication are allowed. It’s easier to get extra liquids through security if they’re medically needed, like with saline solution.
- In order to cut down on the amount of clothes to pack, choose items that are interchangeable. Stick to a few items that all go together, rather than completely separate outfits. Use accessories to spice up an outfit. For example, scarves are small and easy to pack, and can be used as a scarf, headband, or even a belt.
- Take your swimsuit if you are traveling by air, put it within your vacation gear, especially if you are a woman. If your bags are lost when traveling by air, most items (such as shorts or T-shirts) can usually be purchased at your destination. However, if your bags are lost, swimsuits for women can be hard to shop for. If you do not have your swimsuit you may miss out on the beach, hot tub, or other vacation fun.
Pack valuables in your carry-on.
Anything valuable should come with you in your carry-on. On the off-chance your luggage gets lost or damaged, your carry on should not leave your possession.
If you'd be heartbroken if you lost it, take it in your carry-on if you take it at all.
- For safety reasons, any electronic items with lithium ion batteries, including most laptops, smartphones,
tablets, should be packed into your carry on instead of checked luggage whenever possible, per FAA recommendations.
In addition, power banks and spare lithium ion batteries should always go into your carry on instead of checked luggage.
- Pack large electronics last, so they are easily accessible. You will not need to go digging around when time is of the essence.
Pack your electronics together.
This is good for two reasons:
- You will probably get bored on your flight, even if it is only half an hour, and having your electronics together lets you know where everything is so you can access your iPod, iPad, Kindle,
or whatever else you need as quickly and easily as possible.
- The TSA requires electronics to be screened – when they are all in the same place and easy for the agents to see, you won’t be the one holding up the line at security.
Make sure you have your documents.
In order to get on the plane, you need identification, such as a passport or driver’s license. Do not forget your ATM card and your credit card or AAA card. However, it is probably a good idea NOT to take every piece of plastic you own because you run the risk of losing the cards.
- In an easily accessible pocket of your carry-on luggage, store your flight information: the airline, the flight number, your confirmation code, and the flight details.
This comes in handy at the self-service check-in kiosks that so many airlines provide now at the airport.